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HRC Statement on Historic DOJ Brief in Golinski Case

In a legal brief filed last Friday in Karen Golinski’s challenge to the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Department of Justice strongly argued that the statute denying federal recognition of same-sex married couples is plainly unconstitutional.  After DOJ determined that it could no longer defend DOMA in court, House Republican leaders took up the law’s defense and hired lawyer Paul Clement to represent their case.  This is the first substantive defense of the law mounted by Clement on behalf of House Republicans.  Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

“The Administration’s decision to call DOMA what it is — a law that serves no purpose but to single out a group of people for second-class status — was a watershed moment in the fight for LGBT equality.  Now the federal government has taken that historic stand a step further and put real meat on the bones of why there is no basis for DOMA to stand.  This step represents real leadership from the Obama administration and further hastens the day in which we will leave this odious law in the dustbin of history.”

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